Monday, April 25, 2016

Crossover Cover: Bothon

This issue of Amazing Stories includes Gerald S. Whitehead's "Bothon," a tale of Atlantis and reincarnation. R'lyeh, the sunken city from H.P. Lovecraft's Cthulhu Mythos tales, is mentioned. Bothon is originally from Whitehead's Gerald Canevin story "Scar-Tissue." The Canevin story "The Shut Room" has a crossover reference to William Hope Hodgson's Carnacki story "The Whistling Room," further cementing this story in the CU.

A write-up of Whitehead's story along with many other short stories, books, movies, TV shows, audio dramas, and comics, will be included in my forthcoming books Crossovers Expanded Vols. 1 and 2 from Meteor House, companion volumes to Crossovers: A Secret Chronology of the World Vols. 1 and 2 by Win Scott Eckert. Both sets of books, when read in conjunction, give one a true feel for the scope of the Crossover Universe, a term originally coined by Win. The books will debut at FarmerCon/PulpFest in Columbus, OH, on July 21-24, 2016. Win and I will be at the Meteor House booths signing and selling copies, and Keith Howell (cover artist for both volumes) and William Patrick Maynard (author of the foreword for Vol. 2; Win is providing Vol. 1's foreword) will be there and available to sign the books as well.


  1. Cool! I love the inclusion of older stories like this with crossovers that Win had missed. :-)

    I noticed in the description of the two volumes that you said there will be write-ups for tv shows as well. Will they be relegated to an appendix, like Win did, or do you plan to include them in the main body of the text? And does this only mean shows like Warehouse 13, Librarians, Once Upon a Time, and the like, or are you also including write-ups for crossover episodes of shows like CSI and Law & Order: SVU?

  2. It's not so much that Win missed them as that he didn't have time, space, and resources to include every single crossover. A work of this nature can really never be truly completed. :)

    There will be a TV crossovers addendum but I will also be including some TV crossovers in the main timeline. Those will be mostly for genre shows, however (such as private eyes, westerns, sci-fi, and horror.) Sitcoms, straightforward dramas, cop shows, and soap operas, among others, will be covered in the addendum.